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10                            THE TWENTY-GOT TIBTEAS OF

Is  tiriha&)  or holy places, are reckoned to be   twenty-one in nmnBer as
bliows : —

Yainal-drjuna punyatamamy 2^anda-L^pam tatkaiva clia,
GhiTttd-harana BraJandndam, kundam Sarasvatam
Sarasrati sihi iGtrc, Vishnu-hinda-samdniitam^
Karna-Mpam* JErishna-jcundam,  Gopa-k&pam tatliawa,
Rai&anam-ramana-stkdnam, Ndrada^thdnam eva chay
Tfindxarttdkliya pdtanam^
j Nanda-geham)  GMtam Mamana-samjTiaiamy
Matkurdndihodbliavam kslteiram pnwjam pdpaprandsanamy
Janma-siMnam tu Shesha^a^ jananam Yogamdycu/a*
The Fiitana-patana-stlianain of the above lines is a ravine, commonly called
Piitana kliar3 which Is crossed by the Mathnra road a short distance outside the
town. It is a mile or more in length, reaching down to the bank of the Jamtma
and, as the name denotes, is supposed to have been caused by the passage of
Puiana's giant body, in the same way as the Kans Khar at Mathura.
At the Brahmind ghat5 where a rds, or * sacred dance/ is held every Sunday,
there is a small modern shrine of Mrittika Bihari and the remains of a cJihatiri
built by one llukund Sinh5 the greater part of which lias been washed away by
the river* A Jaini sculpture, probably brought from the Chhatthi Palna, is
let Into the front of the little platform, on which are placed balls of sand in
the shape of the pera sweetmeat, to represent the lump of earth that the child
Krishna stuffed into Ms month, and which Jasoda saw develope into a minia*
ture nniYerse. These are called the Brdkmdnd ke pera and are taken away by
pilgrims as souvenirs of their visit, A pretty walk under tlie trees along the
high, bank of the river leads to the Chinta-haran ghat, a quarter of a mile lower
down &e stream, a secluded spot, where s Bas is held every Monday. There
are no buildings save a Bairagfs cell. The Hindu cicerones never fail to speak
with much enthusiasm of the liberality of Mir Sarfaraz All, grandfather of
Sardir Ali, who never cut any of the timber for his own profit and allowed the
pilgrims to make free use of it all : the property has now changed hands and
die landlord's manorial rights are more strictly enforced.
Between the town and the sandy expanse called the Baman Beti is a small
grove kaown as the Klielam Bant with several trees of the Paias Pipar kind,
•which 1 Iiave not seen elsewhere in this part of India, though in Bombay there